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Henry Cavill: I'm no Cruise

Published 06/06/2015

Henry Cavill
Henry Cavill

Henry Cavill insists he didn't "replace" Tom Cruise in The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

The British actor takes on the lead role of CIA agent Napoleon Solo in Guy Ritchie's upcoming flick The Man from U.N.C.L.E., also starring Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander and Hugh Grant.

Action hero Tom was originally scheduled to take on the part but when he dropped out to pursue Mission: Impossible 5, Henry stepped into the part. But it wasn't a case of feeling pressured; he insists there was no competition to outdo the original frontman.

"I don't think it's right to say I'm filling the Tom Cruise role. The characters are so different now," Henry reasoned to Empire magazine. "Tom would clearly have been playing a very different character to mine, albeit of the same name. It's not that I was replacing Tom Cruise; it's that the dynamic of the story changed and I happened to fit that better."

Armie invested a lot of time in studying for his part, fellow agent Illya Kuryakin. Luckily the movie is based on the hit 60s TV show of the same name so there was plenty of material for him to revise.

"It was very episodic and each week was its own story. There was nothing that carried on, so it got the point where it was: 'How many times can you watch these guys save the world?'" Armie mused. "I think that was the ultimate downfall of the show. Then it started to get really loosey-goosey and silly."

Henry admits he never tuned into the programme but Armie insists that isn't important, as he plays the "anti-establishment one".

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